How many of you know a person in your life who doesn’t seem to live up to their potential? Someone who is extremely smart, perhaps a super freak of an artist, a creative genius, but lives a mediocre life with plenty left on the table. That definitely used to be me. How many of us continue to be that way? Most of us live our lives waiting for something to happen, and that includes me. We sometimes lack the drive to be a go-getter, to envision way more of ourselves and change our situation for the better. We don’t want to be looking back in our 40s regretting all the time that we wasted, being caught up in our own self-loathe. Staying victims of our circumstances, never living up to our full potential and becoming the woman we want to be. For years, I was my own problem. I suffered from terrible anxiety, depression, victim mentality and feeling incredibly sorry for myself all the time. It wasn’t until I had to go on medication and start counselling that I realized I had a lot of things to kill. I became more aware of all of my errors. I had made my own body an anxious wreck by sleeping erratically, eating poorly, and letting my circumstances control me.
Of course, if you want to become a different person and do spectacular things with your life, at some point you actually have to do something. This is usually the hardest step of all. You don’t have to be fully prepared before jumping in. Here’s a little secret: no one is (I certainly wasn’t). Everyone starts from the same place at some point in their lives, just like everyone has to put their pants on one leg at a time.
So before another year passes, consider the things you have always wanted to do, make a plan and get to work on yourself. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
It stands to reason then that the most common tragedy is not dying young, but dying unfulfilled, having lived a life devoid of meaning. One thing you can be certain of is that you are love. So, in your search for yourself, understand that this love is enough and with this understanding, that you are already living as your true self. Becoming our authentic selves is the bravest, most essential, most loving thing we can do; and as long as you are striving for this, you have already succeeded.